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>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." protests against the united states have spread across the muslim world since the release of a film accused of insulting the prophet muhammad. people in several countries took to the streets again after friday prayers. indonesia has the world's largest muslim population. about 250 people gathered in front of the u.s. embassy in jakarta. authorities deployed 300 police officers to guard the compound. the rally ended after two hours without any major incident. anti-american rallies were also held in pakistan. demonstrations took place in the capital islamabad and the cities of karachi and peshawar. public anger against the united states is already strong in pakistan where u.s. air strikes targeting suspected militants regularly cause civilian casualties. >>> in egypt, several hundred demonstrators clashed with security forces near the u.s. embassy in cairo. police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. >> authorities remain on alert ahead of possible demonstrations after the friday prayers. >>> japan's prime minister wants to change how his c
energy strategy. the document calls for a nonnuclear country. but the united states has expressed deep concern over move. the policy chief of japan's ruling democratic party is visiting washington. seiji maehara met the u.s. deputy secretary of energy, daniel poneman, to brief him on the draft. the japanese government will take various steps and direct resources to halt all reactors by the 2030s. japan's future energy policy will be based on three principles. the operation of any nuclear plant will be limited to 40 years, suspended facilities will need to have their safety confirmed before they can resume operations, and no new reactors will be built. but the policy insists that nuclear reactors should be used as a transitional measure. maehara said poneman urged japan to minimize the negative impact of the policy on fossil fuel prices. poneman reportedly said japan should try to reduce its stocks of plutonium from spent nuclear fuel. maehara said poneman also told him the u.s. will support japan's efforts to diversify its energy sources. >>> it's hard for the world to really understan
are considered a military attack on iran's nuclear facilities. >>> the united states and 33 other countries are taking part in a large-scale military exercise in the persian gulf. it's one of the world's key oil transport routes. the u.s.-led military drill comes amid a deepening rift between iran and the west over tehran's nuclear development program. our crews spent time on board a u.s. support ship and a japanese minesweeper to take a firsthand look at the drill. sho beppu reports. >> reporter: this u.s. navy support ship was built 41 years ago and was due to be decommissioned earlier this year. it was originally used for land troops, but it has been since equipped for minesweeping duties. it has been deployed in the region since june. the ship is at the center of the naval exercise, which is aimed at strengthening the ability of the participants to keep shipping lanes open in the persian gulf. iran has threatened to choke off ship traffic passing through the strait of hormuz in the gulf. >> the exercise area is approximately 45 to 50 miles off of bahrain, and we are -- >> 80 miles. >> -
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